Alison (WTA-83) made it to the US Open main draw for the first time in her still early career. She had to compete against Varvare Lepchenko (WTA-52) in her first match. During their two previous encounters this year, Alison could only win four games each time.
Today Alison really battled during the first set, and managed to hold off the American until the end of the set. Lepchenko got the decisive break and took the first set 5-7. In the second set, our compatriot had less resistance. She was broken twice, and could not force any breakpoint. Her opponnent took the second set 2-6.
The US Open singles tournament ends for Ali in the first round, but she is still active in the doubles. Together with Yanina Wickmayer (WTA-64), she will face Christine McHale (WTA-44) and Anna Schmiedlova (WTA-67) in the first round.